Nashi / Ours
video, 26 min, 2008
to watch full movie contact daya cahen at email@example.com
In 2008 I was allowed to film inside the summer training camp of "Nashi", Vladimir Putin’s radical youth brigade, known for using violence against Putin’s opponents. It is a camp where you can easily get thrown out for alcohol or drugs, while good education and leadership skills are highly prized, along with traditional values, paramilitary discipline and unity around the leader and common goal of Russia as the world's greatest Empire. The camp had the atmosphere of the ideal closed community. Every morning, 5000 girls did excercises while 5000 boys went running. They were dancing, singing, marching, excercising, going to speeches and lessons, and becoming heavily indoctrinated.
In the videowork “Nashi”, a double screen projection visually multiplies the already looming impression of impending fascism and provides insight into the forge of the system's leaders and the system itself.